Friends and colleagues paid tribute to recently demised Ekushey Padak winning singer Subir Nandi at a programme held on Friday at Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parishad, an umbrella organisation of music troupes, organised the tribute programme.
Eminent singers, lyricists, composers and cultural personalities including Ramendu Majumdar, Rathindranath Roy, Fakir Alamgir, Rafiqul Islam, Sujeo Shyam, Mohammad Rafiquzzaman, Sheikh Sadi Khan, Akramul Islam, Anup Bhattacharya and others recalled their memories with Subir Nandi and spoke on the works and achievements of the singer, who died at a hospital in Singapore on May 7.
‘For Subir, music was sort of a worship that he did with sincerity and devotion. He had a God gifted voice and the ability to sing from heart; which made his renditions unique,’ evaluated Rathindranath Roy.
Singer Akramul Islam, who had been a family friend of Nandi since the late 1960s, also evaluated Nandi as a singer for whom music was prayer.
Lyricist Mohammad Rafiquzzaman, a mentor and long-time friend of Subir Nandi, read out a prayer for the deceased singer who, Rafiquzzaman said, ‘was of a rarest kind’.
The recollections were punctuated by Subir Nandi’s famous songs rendered as tribute to Nandi by renowned singers like Tapan Mahmud, Dalia Nowshin, Sheikh Jasim, Antu Khandakar, Sanjay Kabiraj and others.
BSSSP president and Tagore singer Tapan Mahmud rendered devotional song Jiban maraner shimana chhraye, while Dalia Nowshoin, Sheikh Jasim, Antu Khandakar and Sanjay Kabiraj rendered Nadi’s popular songs Paharer kanna dekhe, Bandhu hote cheye tomar, Kato je tomake besechhi bhalo and Tumi emoni jaal petechho respectively.
Born in 1953 in Sylhet, Subir Nandi had sung 2,000 playback songs including many fan-favourite ones. The singer won National Film Award in Best Male Playback Singer category five times, for Mahanayak (1984), Shuvoda (1986), Srabon Megher Din (1999), Megher Pore Megh (2004) and Mohua Shundori (2015).
He received Ekushey Padak, Bangladesh’s second-highest civilian award, earlier this year.
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